Saudis say Hezbollah a threat to Arabs after Nasrallah calls king a ‘terrorist’

RIYAD – Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Beirut on Thursday said Hezbollah was a threat to Arab security after the leader of the Iranian-backed Lebanese movement called King Salman a “terrorist.”

The latest exchange of insults follows a crisis between Lebanon and the Arab Gulf states over the war in Yemen and Saudi accusations that Hezbollah was interfering in the conflict.

“Riyadh hopes that political parties will prioritize the supreme interest of Lebanon (…) and end Hezbollah’s terrorist hegemony over all aspects of the state,” Ambassador Waleed Bukhari said in a statement to AFP.

“Hezbollah’s terrorist activities and regional military behavior threaten Arab national security,” he added.

Bukhari’s statement comes after Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Shiite terror group, called King Salman a “terrorist” and accused Saudi Arabia of exporting Islamic extremism in a televised speech earlier this week.

Charges have been flying between the two sides since a Saudi-led coalition stepped in to back the Yemeni government against Iran-backed rebels in 2015, in a conflict that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, according to them. United Nations.

Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah delivers a speech on the official al-Manar party channel on June 8, 2021. (Screen capture: Al-Manar)

Last month, Hezbollah rejected claims by Riyadh that it was aiding attacks by Houthi rebels in Yemen.

At the end of October, Riyadh suspended diplomatic relations with Lebanon after the release of statements by the then Lebanese Minister of Information criticizing the military intervention in Yemen.

The Saudi foreign minister later said that Hezbollah’s dominance in Lebanon, and not just the minister’s comments, had prompted the Sunni kingdom to sever ties.

Since the coalition’s intervention in Yemen, Saudi Arabia has repeatedly accused Iran of providing arms to the Houthis and Hezbollah of training insurgents.

Tehran denies the charges and Hezbollah has previously denied sending fighters or weapons to Yemen.

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